Thinking Biblically and Clearly About Children’s Ministry

The flourishing of children’s ministry is contingent on God’s people thinking biblically and clearly. If we don’t raise the level of our thinking, we mire children’s ministry in mediocrity. For children’s ministry to thrive and not just survive, we have to think right; wrong thinking, unintended or not, always leads to decay. “Set your minds […]

A Vision for Future Children’s Ministry

Do you have a vision for future children’s ministry? Pastor and author A. W. Tozer said, “We need a baptism of clear seeing. We desperately need seers who can see through the mist – Christian leaders with prophetic vision. Unless they come soon, it will be too late for this generation. And if they do […]

What’s the Best Way to Connect Children With Jesus?

What’s the best way to connect children with Jesus? Children’s ministry leader DeAnn Stull says, “You can’t get children to Jesus if you don’t get them in the church door to share the Gospel!” Is she right? Is church attendance the best way to connect children with Jesus? How congregations spend their time, energy, and […]

Twelve Core Values For Children’s Ministry

What are the fundamental driving forces at the heart of children’s ministry that should guide and hold it true to what we should be saying and doing? What are essential beliefs that set the direction of children’s ministry, keep it on track, and make it easy to prepare and plan activities and events? Our beliefs […]

What is a Child?

What is a child? Is a child a small adult, an angelic treasure from heaven, the property of the parents, someone who hasn’t reached puberty, a little monster, or a tender plant requiring gentle, loving care? Popular definitions. According to well-known American author and illustrator Dr. Seuss, children are simply people. “A person’s a person, […]

Flipping the Switch on Discipleship

Two out of three children from Christian families leave the church when they become adults. Why is this happening? Are we deficient in what we’re doing to help children grow in faith? Should we be flipping the switch on discipleship? Discipleship in the church. Discipleship for children, in most churches, is structured around academic models. […]

An Open Letter to Pastors About Children’s Ministry

AN OPEN LETTER TO PASTORS ABOUT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY Dear Pastor, Ministry to children is essential. Here are five compelling reasons why you ought to prioritize children’s ministry in the local church: 1. Children are one of the largest unreached people groups in the world. Children aren’t an obscure people group. Globally, 25.5% of the world’s […]

Children’s Ministry Threatened!

Children’s ministry threatened! Veteran researcher and author George Barna recently revealed (May 2022) that only 12% of children’s pastors and youth pastors, and a paltry 4% of Christian parents of preteens have a biblical worldview.* These are American findings, yet the statistics probably apply to all developed nations. While there’s no similar research in Canada, […]

What’s Truly Important in Children’s Ministry?

One of the key reasons children’s ministry is held back is that the good things we do aren’t always the best things we should do. So what’s truly important in children’s ministry? Here are my top three priorities: 1. Empower children to love Christ. British evangelist T. Austin-Sparks said, “When Christ really captivates us, everything […]

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